We’ve all heard the latest health advice: Avoid transfats. Eat more fruits and vegetables. You may notice those changes on grocery store shelves, but for many school children, their cafeteria lunch menus haven’t caught up. This year, an effort to get healthy foods to the school lunch table is tied up in a much larger debate — national farm policy.

What do you think should be in a school lunch? School lunch programs face major challenges. In addition to buying food, they must cover overhead and staffing. Often the products that bring most money come from vending machines.

What about demand? Should schools be responsible for changing the way kids eat, replacing the french fries with veggies? Tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment
Listen to the “What’s For Lunch” Radio report on QUEST.

Post by Lauren Sommer who reports for QUEST and Radio News at KQED-FM.

QUEST: What’s For Lunch 9 April,2008Wendy Goodfriend

  • Anonymous

    This seems like an issue that might be addressed by a creative government subsidy or the like. American government must certainly see the need to feed it’s own children properly, right? Otherwise, why provide ‘food’ at all? Is it a state issue or a national one?


Wendy Goodfriend

I am the Senior Interactive Producer for KQED Food. I have designed and produced food-related websites and blogs for KQED including Bay Area Bites; Check, Please! Bay Area; ¬†Taste This; Jacques Pepin’s websites; Weir Cooking in the City and KQED Food. When I am not creating and managing food websites I am taking photos and video of Bay Area Life and designing online navigation systems. My professional education and training includes: clinical psychology, photography, commercial cooking, web design, information architecture and UX. You can find me engaged in social media on Twitter @bayareabites and on Facebook at Bay Area Bites. I can also be found photoblogging at look2remember.

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